Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

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After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.


You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


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  • Kahlila

    Annyeonghaseyo,
    I was wondering towards the end of the lesson: Can “mwo” be used in a question alone when someone is looking at you strange???

    Kamsahamnida!

  • anajean

    wow I’m learning Korean language fast…Thank you guy..

  • Luciana

    I’m sorry if it is a repeated question, but is correct to write like this?

    It’s me, Maria!
    ㅁㅏ리아 저이에요

    thank you

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      ㅁㅏ리아 저이에요 > 저예요. 마리아.

  • lecz jasmine

    안녕하세요! One question, I be to able to 이에요 or 예요 in this lesson only in things like objects? Or I be to able to also use it as saying she is jenny for example?

  • Liz Xiao

    안녕하네요!You teach us that 이에요/여요 are polite way to speak in Korean. But what the difference between using 이에요/여요 and 입니다 end of the sentences to express “is something”. 강사합니다!

    • Jasmine

      이에요 is if the word you are using in Korean ends with a consonant and 여요 is for when a korean words ends with a vowel ^_^ hope this helps

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      여요 > 예요

      Thanks for your comment. :) I am sure that it helped the person a lot.

    • sydney

      입니다 is the most polite way. 이에요 / 예요 is less polite than 입니다.

  • niloofar

    안 녕 하 세 요.
    저 예요……niloofar.
    My mother tongue is Persian and the podcast was really useful.
    감 사 합 니다 !!!!

  • emy

    안녕하세요
    저예요,emy >>>love your lessons so much
    감사합니다.. :)

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thanks so much!! 감사합니다!

  • Yuki

    안녕하세요 ^-^
    Is 물이에요 pronounced as 무리에요?
    감사합니다 =D TTMIK is the best!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Yes, when I pronounce it little bit fast, it will sound like that.

      Thanks for your comment.

  • Victoria

    안녕하세요. I’m on level 2 lesson 1 now and I haven’t noticed until now that I’ve been writing 뭐 wrong this entire time. I’ve been writing 모ㅓ. I was angry when I noticed my mistake because it’s so simple, but I will continue to study hard. I love TTMIK. The teachers are great and it’s fun learning with you. 당신이~! ^o^ 선생님 감사합니다.

  • Natasha

    Can you please explain to me the sentence structure, i was confused by it. Could you please explain it more simply for me? 감사합니다

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  • Ryx

    great podcast/tutorial, just that the two speakers are like sarcastic to each other, or it seems that they do not like each other. Haha. It’s okay though, I just hope you talk nicer to each other.

  • Ash

    Thank u soo much for these great lessons, i’m learning loads and having fun at the same tym!!
    HWAITING

  • sarah

    hi,thanks a lot for teaching us for free and really useful one . i have a question, when we say water
    물이에요. [mul-i-e-yo],we should pronounce m as b,and even in 뭐 [mwo] we just pronounce it b
    ?
    thanks for answering me!

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      Thanks Sarah for your comment. Many listeners sent same questions before, so I made this video.

      I hope this will help you a lot.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzxKRxPFDKw

  • sarah

    thanks a lot Jinseokjin!it was a helpful video for me!
    thanks a lot for helping us!
    감사합니다.

  • http://Talktomeinkorean.com Mariel

    Annyeonghaseyo ^_^.. May i know what is the korean name for mariel??? And how to wright it also….
    Gamsahapnida…

  • http://... mona

    안녕하세요!…..kamsahamnida so much for your lesson..^___^

    • http://twitter.com/jinseokjin jinseokjin

      안녕하세요. Thanks for your comment. :)

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  • rochelle

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  • rochelle

    Can somebody help me figure out how to download the free pdf and mp3 of the lesons? .I am using a samsung galaxy tab. Gamsahapnida in advance for any help you could give. More power to ttmik.

  • Titia

    Hello!!!

    I would like to know if there are a different betxeen “Ieyo/yeyo” and “imnida/ida” ? it’s “to be” too
    Imnida is used for formal situations ???? “when you meet someone for the first time”.

    • sunnie

      -이에요 is if the word you are using in Korean ends with a consonant
      -여요 is for when a korean words ends with a vowel
      -입니다 is the most polite ending in Korea used in formal situations, someone older or higher rank than you. Like 알겠습니다

    • Seokjin Jin

      In the normal conversation, 이에요/예요 is used a lot. Yes, like Sunnie said, in formal situations, -입니다 is used often.

  • http://msanastasiaa@blogspot.com Anastasia

    Is it different between 입니다 and 예요/이에요? And if it’s different, what’s the differences. I hope you can answer me. Thank you very much. I’m in focus on learning language by myself.

  • Vales

    안녕하세요! To all the people out there! Is memorizing Hangul like memorizing English? Like for example both English and Korean alphabets have sounds so is the formation of Hangul like English?(Apart from the syllable block part) Or is it like memorizing how the words look like how people memorize chinese? I’m very confused right now whether which is the correct method of memorizing Hangul… So please reply!!! 감사합니다!!! :)

  • Park Eunyoung

    Hi, Thanks again for free kr lessons. 감사합니다. I understand the korean sentence order, but pronunciation is a confusing. 물이에요 = Water this is. Do you say ” mu-di-ey-yo, mul-i -e-yo, moo-di-ey-yo? I think I heard a B instead of M?, example. boo-di-ey-yo.

    • Park Eunyoung

      Or is it moo-dri-ey-yo? 무리에요, 부디에요? 감사합니다.

    • sunnie

      물이에요
      물 =mool
      이 =ee
      에 =yae
      요 =yo

      Basically:
      무 moo
      리 li or ri

    • Seokjin Jin

      I made a video for the pronunciation issue. It should be confusing at first time but I am sure you will differentiate them well as you study Korean more and more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzxKRxPFDKw

  • lileng

    too many comments :) goes to show we are very interested and eager learners :)
    other comments makes me more confused though :)

    to our very generous teachers, many 감사합니다!! ;)

  • anan

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    I am going to take a trip in Korea.
    Hope my korean will work then!

  • Roselyn

    안녕하세요. 저예요. 으러새린. Is that an ok way to spell my name in hangul or does it look or sound bad? What would you suggest? 감사합니다. 안녕히 계세요!

  • Emilynne

    Hi! Thanks so much for the lesson!

    For mwo-ye-yo, it sounds like bwo-ye-yo when she pronounces it. Why is that?

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